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Fractured English: Familiar Yourself, Ride On!

Nobody said English was easy. I struggle with it every day. Still, there's something funny about a little snippet of our mother tongue that can be found on Montgomery County's Ride On bus Web page:


"To familiar yourself to the signs being displayed on buses while in service for this route, check it here." It sounds like something that's been translated from English into Chinese then back into English. And "familiar yourself"? That just sounds dirty.

What's more, when I did check it here, all I got was a page that wouldn't load properly in Firefox or Safari. That's probably no great loss, since I imagine all it says is "The destination written on the front of the bus is the place where that bus is going."

Seen any other local examples of fractured English? Point the way in the Comments below so we can check it here.

By John Kelly  |  March 31, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
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I'd be happy, if Ride-On would post the following on some of their buses.

This bus is being OPERATED by a CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER, since 1996.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 31, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Just for completeness, it doesn't load in IE either. So MoCo doesn't just hate Safari and Firefox. Equal Opportunity lack of information.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 31, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Nope, doesn't work in Firefox or IE.

Probably one of those cases where the developer doesn't realize that the objects s/he wants to load only exist on their computer, not on the server. They think it works ok, but no one else can see it. If anyone at MC is checking it (doubtful) they probably suffer from the same problem.

Posted by: DLDx | April 1, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Sent MoCo's web admin an email Wednesday about the problem. And behold! It now works. This may be the first time I have sent such an email that has resulted in a positive change. There is hope for the world (wide web) after all.


Posted by: DLDx | April 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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